JOINT-MANAGER Lee Collings is convinced his young Durham City squad is progressing “very nicely”, writes Malcolm Pratt.
He said: “We are going in the right direction and I thought we played exceptionally well against Frickley Athletic on Tuesday night.
“If anyone had suggested last August that we would reach the Fourth Round of the Evo Stik League Challenge Cup I would have taken their hand off.
“But we fully deserved to beat Frickley, who are a Premier Division side. After a tentative opening 20 minutes we took the game by the scruff of the neck and dominated for long periods.
“There will be setbacks, like last Saturday but the good thing about this squad is that they are learning all the time and I was really pleased with the way they bounced back on Tuesday night.”
City, who have home advantage against Bradford Park Avenue in the next round, return to Division One North action tomorrow at Witton Albion.
Connor Winter is included in the squad but Josh Home Jackson is a definite absentee.
Also missing are Simon Todd and Johnny Monaghan, who this week joined Seaham Red Star.
“Simon’s is a permanent move. Because of his work he had difficulties travelling to away games so reluctantly I’ve allowed him to leave.
“Johnny is a young lad and I’ve agreed he can go out on loan for a couple of months,” added Collings.